Latest posts by Verdun

Loads of tomatoes but very slow in ripening

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:39

Compare the from the vine with direct sunlight to that of one ripened in a drawer or next to a banana.

in my experience tomatoes will ripen fast when leaves are removed.

a choice then.....leave toms on the vine and remove a few leaves or pick the lot and cram the kitchen with unripened fruit.  

if in doubt try it both way folks 

Elder Black Beauty no longer flowers

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:34

Sheila,,did you prune it this year?

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:32

Hey Fairy...were your ears burning?   Just singing your praises 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:31

herbaceous, during the winter we do get hit by violent storms.  Salt spray is a problem too, although here a belt of trees towards the sea and a wall helps overcomes that.  If I move Aussieland appeals but so does Scotland ......enchanted by Fairy's photos.  Cornwall is good though 

re advice .....we can only advise from where we are.  Living in a mild area or a cold one should not preclude offering advice.  We all live in relatively unique situations 

Hogweed, summer will come never fear 

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:20

before I replied I checked Pokhim's profile.....

olive will be fine Pokhim 

The difference

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:00

thought I would show the difference between Wild Swan and Ruffled Swan

this is Ruffled Swan......more petals and less defined.  First summer for this one here but lots of buds coming and it also looks to be taller.  The same blue reverse although it looks slightly more pink than on Wild Swan

the second pic is Wild Swan

for me enough of a difference to grow both

My flowers ..

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:49

corm blimey!  You are very, very gweedy ekokid 


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:46

Tetley, tetley tetley! 

Hmmm!  Maybe with one of my flowering cannas now over 8' tall.  Praps it will silence the gossips...ha ha 

New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:41

Pokhim, avoid Vigorous reeds.  They will over run your tank.

once built a wildlife pond for a friend only to see an enthusiastic "expert" plant the wrong sort of iris and reed in it.  Coincidentally I was there yesterday and it was so overgrown I almost walked into it.  All "scale" was lost

One dwarf water lily only for me there......again, to echo your white hydrangeas, I would plant a white lily.     queen Victoria lobelia in a pot in the corner would look good.  Red foliage all summer with scarlet flowers.  

get some of the tank in the ground and try to raise some soil and planting around it.  Take your time to get it right...have a few ideas;  have a plan that has been edited a few times 

Olive tree

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 12:31

See Pete's post above....he lives in Essex ?

go for it Pokhim 

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